Initiative Description: Between 2005 and 2009, a total of 4,509 ninth-grade students were offered  mental health screenings.

Study Results: Among students screened, 19.6% were identified as being at risk, 73.6% of whom were not currently receiving any treatment. Students referred for school services tended to be less severely ill than those referred for community services, with lower rates of suicidal ideation, prior suicide attempts, and self-injury. Among at-risk students not currently in treatment, 76.3% of students referred received at least one mental health visit during the follow-up period. Overall, 74.0% of students were referred to school and 57.3% to community services. A great majority of school referrals (80.2%) successfully accessed services

Reference: Husky, M.M., Sheridan, M., McGuire, L., Olfson, M. (2011) Mental health screening and follow-up care in public high schools. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 50 (9), 881-891.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good